I have a question for those of you who are native English teachers in Korea. How does this media bias affect your daily life? Obviously it’s upsetting to read. But do people mention it to you or ask you about it often? Co-workers? I’m just wondering how much (if any) of this angst could be ameliorated by not reading this junk from the media.
I know that was asked in an earlier post, but I couldn't find it on Friday when I was piecing the column together. I concluded the piece with another quotation from Kyle, which was edited a little in the article:
I've never asked my coworkers about their suspicions or preconceptions of my character. They've never probed. Maybe I'm just lucky. If they do harbor negatve suspicions, which may well be the case, there's nothing I can do about that other than be the best techer I can be and show a positive, enthusiastic attitude. They'll know they're wrong. Kill 'em with kindness, as someone once said.
The Soju Sonsangnim had some thoughts on the issue.
It seems to me that a lot of expats become embittered when they involve themselves in South Korean issues. Why not avoid the stress and anger that empathy causes by focusing on the things that matter in your life? I can see becoming involved in Korean politics as a way to avoid the cabin fever that often arises when you’ve exhausted all other avenues of entertainment, but it doesn’t seem worth the trouble to me.
I've often asked myself how my life in Korea would be different if I just never paid attention to the newspapers, blogs, and messageboards. It's tough to really answer the question "How does this media bias affect your daily life?" Except for that one time, I've never really dealt with morons who were openly affected by it. Certainly some parents, students, and colleagues are influenced by what they see and hear in the news, especially when it comes from sources they ought to trust, but it's pure speculation how the barrage of negative portrayals have affected the audience. And I'm talking here about day-to-day life, among the people we work with and otherwise encounter during the day, not about the legislation that Gusts of Popular Feeling has shown, and the so-called "Wagner Report" has claimed, has been influenced by media portrayals of native speaker English teachers.